Rags Morales – The Man Behind the Cape

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Rags Morales, the Artist, Speaks Candidly About Life and the World


“The only thing separating Ralph from Rags is just a pen name. There is only a distinction when I’m asked a specific question about comics and I want to be thorough in my answer,” says Ralph “Rags” Morales from his home office in Pennsylvania. He is sporting a Jets sweater and 5 o’clock shadow.

At an early age, Morales moved from a Puerto Rican community in New York City to a densely populated neighborhood of Northern New Jersey, distancing himself geographically from his ethnic community but never losing his identity.

“My uncle used to harp on me about being bilingual. I’m too close to my family’s place of origin not to have an understanding of where I come from,” says Rags about being Puerto Rican-American.

While attending The Kubert School, Morales chose the pen name “Rags” due to the pressing of an art teacher. “An instructor of ours was big on us having nicknames, and the only thing I ever knew about was wanting to be published. There was a popular book at the time, Rags to Riches. Rags was a character in the book who I related to,” says Morales.

A father of four, Morales has three children with his first wife and one with his second. Morales grins about his third times’ the charm fiancee. “We have ideally one of those relationships that identifies that age really doesn’t matter. I’m pretty youthful and she’s pretty grounded so we get along pretty well,”

“I call him Rags, but that’s because I met him as a fan of his, so I just always knew him as Rags; it actually feels awkward for me to call him Ralph. Family and friends mostly call him Ralph (though some call him by his middle name of Anthony — needless to say, I like to crack cheesy jokes about him having an identity crisis,” quips Jessica Gantert about her fiance, punning his famed DC Comics graphic novel.

As Morales reclines in his office chair, speaking proudly about his family, he recalls an incident when his second child, Lorraine, was playing superhero with a bath towel tied on as a cape. “She might have been about four or five years old and was running around like maniac, bouncing from couch to couch, I was afraid she would break her neck and threatened her with a spanking, She paused, posed, and in a gravely voice said, ‘Batman doesn’t get a ‘pankin’.’”

Beyond the heart of a caring father, Morales has soul of the artist, which is often connected with the rights of the citizens and the first amendment of the United States Constitution. A self-described “conservative liberal,” Rags believes in the free market, a balance of power, freedom of speech, and most importantly, freedom of expression.

“We need to try to show a little bit of common sense and common curtsey, it’s why regulations are important. It’s important to have political foresight. Unfortunately, it’s all these crazy policies coming out of the blue, and you see what they are doing with SOPA and the NDAA…the language inside of it says ugly things,” sighs Morales.

“Let’s be honest about the American way; we have been boisterous, we have a reputation of thinking, ‘we are all that,’ why not let them think there is a cool side to us? I can understand us being cautious, but what I don’t understand is racism being done tongue-in-cheek. It comes from a black place. Corporations are not people. They do not have the ability to laugh off a racial epithet. That’s how you know they aren’t people, they don’t think like people. They are emotionless,” says Morales, frustrated by the mistreatment of the average citizen.

Morales believes that the abstract is the ultimate level of achievement, whether in art, life, or politics. It is to be efficient and so loud in that effeminacy that it exceeds all understanding of what is, what was, and what should be, opening us up to greater possibilities beyond what we have set as our limitations.

 “I think we are trying to filter out our moral upbringing versus the information we receive. ‘Kirby said, I live for the questions, not for the answers’,” says Morales.

For more information on Rags Morales, visit http://www.ragsagainstthemachine.net/


Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Philadelphia Film Festival Review: ‘Overlord’ is World War II Monster Mess

It’s June 6, 1944 and Allied forces are preparing to invade...

The Assassin’s Code is a Dynamic Cop Thriller

The Assassin’s Code is an exciting indie film thriller with a...

Mélanie Laurent’s ‘Galveston’ Brings a Light Touch to its Fatalistic Tragedy

Mélanie Laurent is best known as Shoshana in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious...

Event News Event Reviews
Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure: Music, Comedy & Comic Con Festival, Nov 3-4 in Orange County

In less than a month, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure makes its debut,...

The 9th Annual Brew HA HA Craft Beer Photo Gallery

Photos by FanboyNation Craft Beer Expert, Dave Warner. Related

Long Beach Comic Con Photo Gallery


Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Taco Bell Xbox
The Newest Taco Bell Box is an Xbox – Your Chance to Win a Taco Bell Xbox

Taco Bell and Xbox are partnering up to give fans a chance...

Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Eagle Eyes
Protect Your Eyes with Eagle Eyes Glasses – Eagle Eyes TV Kit Review

Eagle Eyes TV Kit review – Feel the difference and get...

Nooligan Talks About His New DC Collectibles Batman Family Line

Visual Artist Nooligan uses the influences of his First Nation ancestry along...

DC Collectibles Brings Batman Dark Nights: Metal to Life

Straight from the pages of the bestselling DARK NIGHTS: METAL comics series comes...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
PFL 9 Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Semi-Final Results From Long Beach

Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Professional Fighters League (PFL) 9 took...

NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleased Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continues its West Coast domination with...

Combate Americas: Camino a Copa Combate Results from Long Beach

Tonight Combate Americas, the premiere Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts organization featured...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter and the Cat Conjuring part ??? more of BEHOLD TACOCAT!

The next epic installment in the epic epicness Behold Tacocat! A...

Fantoy Comics presents: Harry Potter & the Cat Conjuring pt7 subsection1: Behold: Tacocat!

Tacocat comes to Hogwarts but is he friend or FOE?

Cultural Junkdrawer – Why is it so familiar? 2018 Summer movie recap.

In case you haven’t noticed: summer is over. Most of you...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep 5 Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford and The Fourth Estate

This week on Coastal Commoners, R.C. and Gary speak with Riverdale...

Coastal Commoners Ep 4 Talking Baseball with Ernie Paicopolos of FenwayNation

This week, Gary and R.C. speak with Ernie Paicopolos, the Editor-in-Chief...

Coastal Commoners Ep 3 The Dirty World of Politics

Editor’s Note: The views reflected in Coastal Commoners are those of...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Deadpool 2 Vinyl Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Deadpool 2 Score Soundtrack on...

Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

%d bloggers like this: